September 26, 2012

Time Warp Challenge: "We can do it!"

Day 5 of the challenge requires us to do a manicure inspired by an influential woman in history :)

Marilyn Monroe(born Norma Jeane Mortenson; June 1, 1926 – August 5, 1962) was an American actressmodel, and singer, who became a major sex symbol, starring in a number of commercially successful motion pictures during the 1950s and early 1960s - Wikipedia

I adore Marilyn Monroe for her beauty, confidence, and bold attitude. A few of my favourite quotes from her:


“Imperfection is beauty, madness is genius and it's better to be absolutely ridiculous than absolutely boring.”


“I'm selfish, impatient and a little insecure. I make mistakes, I am out of control and at times hard to handle. But if you can't handle me at my worst, then you sure as hell don't deserve me at my best.”


“I don't mind living in a man's world, as long as I can be a woman in it.” 


If you want to see more quotes by her.. go to this website


I hope my manicure can do her justice...



Finger Paints Black Expressionism & Paper Mache
I freehanded the silhouette with a nail art brush and the black polish over the white base.



I'm fairly content with how this came out but being the perfectionist that I am I think it is a little hard to tell who it's supposed to be. I also think it's one of those manicures that looks better from a distance, so here's a smaller photo :)






September 23, 2012

Time Warp Challenge: Lights, Camera, Action!

Sir Charles Spencer "Charlie" Chaplin, KBE was an English comic actor, film director and composer best known for his work during the silent film era. Wikipedia

The oldest, most famous films I can remember are the Charlie Chaplin silent films! :) 
I can remember seeing one on tv when I was a child and my parents would explain to me who Charlie Chaplin was and how famous he is/was. 

For day four of the time warp challenge I thought it would be nice to give a little tribute to Charles...


My base coat is Finger Paints Black Expressionism (who's shocked? :P)
The nail art was done using a nail art brush and Finger Paints Paper Mache. 



For this manicure I drew inspiration from this Charlie Chaplin T-Shirt...
Source
So sorry day four of the challenge was so late getting posted. I was quite busy this week and this weekend my main focus was on the Rebecca Minkoff contest. I'm hoping to post day 5 and 6 of the challenge on time this week :) 




Inspired by Rebecca Minkoff!

Let me start by stating how completely excited I am about today's post! :)

Bloglovin' recently teamed up with Rebecca Minkoff to offer one "RM-lovin' blogger a $1500 shopping spree at rebeccaminkoff.com". How cool is that?! 

I must admit I tend to shy away from designer websites for the number one reason that I am currently a student and cannot afford to be buying adorable clothing and accessories online. But... if I were lucky enough to win a $1500 shopping spree to rebeccaminkoff.com... I know exactly the items I would buy! :) Have you seen her handbags?!


For my fellow blogging friends... you really should check out this contest before it ends on Monday September 24th. Just go to www.bloglovin.com/c/rebeccaminkoff to check out the rules for the contest!


For my equally lovely non-blogging readers... you also have a chance to win $500 to rebeccaminkoff.com!! Just go to http://www.bloglovin.com/c/rebeccaminkoff2 


Now, Without further ado... I give you 3 manicures inspired by 3 unique looks from the RebeccaMinkoff fashion show that just happened at the New York Fashion Week!











Keep reading to see more pictures...

September 21, 2012

Falling for Friday

I've had a very busy week!! Needless to say I am so happy it's friday... and the first day of fall at that! The weather here has been so nice this month and I hope it continues to be this weekend so I can get out and enjoy it! :)

I have a studded manicure for you today, inspired by this manicure at thenailasaurus.com. Instead of using glequins (which I need to get my hands on), I used studs instead!


I used paper reinforcers for the half moons and painted my nails with AEngland Lancelot.
Then I added the studs using a little nail glue and topped it off with Seche Vite :) 



I received a lot of compliments on this look... I'm really enjoying the half moon manicures lately :)

September 17, 2012

Time Warp Challenge: I remember when...


... and where, and what I was doing on September 11, 2001.

It's not a happy moment in history, but it is a monumental one that will never be forgotten. And since the 11th anniversary just passed I thought this would be appropriate for today's manicure.

I was in grade 6 and my teacher came back to class after lunch and told us what was happening. After school I went home I found my parents glued to the TV. The horrific videos of the planes crashing into the towers was on every channel. My mom tried to explain what was happening the best way she could. I did not understand the politics behind it, or what it would mean for the US for years to come... but I did understand that many people lost loved ones and I was both sad and afraid for how they must have felt.

Today's manicure is inspired by the cover of the New Yorker from September 24th, 2001. From the news stands it looked like an all black cover... but when you took a closer look it had the silhouette of the twin towers on it.


“9/11/2001” by Art Spiegelman and Fran├žoise Mouly, September 24, 2001

Ten years later, Francoise Mouly explains how she came up with such an idea...

“Ten years ago, my husband, the cartoonist Art Spiegelman, our daughter, and I stood four blocks away from the second tower as we watched it collapse in excruciatingly slow motion. Later, back in my office, I felt that images were suddenly powerless to help us understand what had happened. The only appropriate solution seemed to be to publish no cover image at all—an all-black cover. Then Art suggested adding the outlines of the two towers, black on black. So from no cover came a perfect image, which conveyed something about the unbearable loss of life, the sudden absence in our skyline, the abrupt tear in the fabric of reality.”

Read more http://www.newyorker.com/online/blogs/newsdesk/2011/09/september-11th-covers-mouly-spiegelman.html#ixzz26ldlWXTz





My pictures are a little yellow/off color but it was the only way I could get a good photo of the designs on the matte black. 

My thumb and ring finger were done using Finger Paints Black Expressionism. I used Essie Matte About You and then painted the towers and 9.11.01 using a nail art brush. 

The middle and pinky have a base coat of Finger Paints Paper Mache. Then I stamped with China Glaze Adventure Red-Y and Mash-46.

The index nail is a base of Barry M Cobalt Blue. Then I stamped with Finger Paints Paper Mache and Mash-49








September 15, 2012

Bold and Beautiful

I am so excited about today's post.. I finally got my MASH and red angel plate sets about two weeks ago. I have been lemming after the red angel set since I started blogging but they did not ship to canada.. and then when I saw the new MASH set on Chitchatnails.com I knew I had to have it. These sets were ordered back in May! :O

No worries... they arrived to their destination within a week of ordering them... the only problem, the destination was New Hampshire! My roomie here at MUN was kind enough to let me ship them to her and then 2 weeks ago when she came back for school she brought them with her. :)

This manicure was created the day after I got my hands on those plates. I was waiting for this exact stamp! It is my favourite zebra/tiger stamp out of all animal print stamps I own.



Finger Paints Paper Mache as the base on the accent nails, stamped with Finger Paints Black Expressionism (of course!) & Mash-41.
And.. my favourite Red at the moment China Glaze Adventure Red-Y.



 I absolutely loved this look, especially the two accent nails side by side. The red, black and white was so bold and believe it or not I actually had this manicure on for 2 days! :)


Stay tuned later this week will be more additions to the Time Warp Challenge!

September 13, 2012

Time Warp Challenge: It's Vintage, Darling!

Day 2 of the challenge is here already! I really had no idea what to do for vintage nails, but I did get my Red Angel plates the other day... and they had a few nice rose stamps in the set...


I used a base of Sally Hansen Salon Manicure Cafe Au Lait
Stamped with Sally Hansen Insta Dri Mint Sprint, Barry M Raspberry, and RA-115 & 116
Topped it off with Seche Vite* and then Essie Matte About You

*The coat of Seche Vite before the matte top coat was to prevent the polish from bleeding. In my own experience my matte top coat has smudged a lot of my nail art.



Below you can see the manicure before I added the Matte top coat. I found the matte gave it a more "vintage" appearance :)







September 12, 2012

Caution: contents may be hot

Today's manicure was inspired by my travel coffee mug...

My mom was visiting a couple weeks ago and bought this super cute glass travel mug for me and, being the nail art fanatic that I am, I immediately thought of a manicure! :)


I used a base coat of my go-to white: Finger Paints Paper Mache
Then I stamped with Finger Paints Black Expressionism and BM-301
Half moons were painted using Sally Hansen Insta Dri Presto Pink.

Afterwards I realized that I did the half-moon manicure backwards lol. I was planning to use hole punch reinforcers to do the half moons, but those only work if you stick them on then paint the rest of the nail. (I had a duh! moment). So instead I had to freehand the pink half moons - no biggie, but they weren't as "perfect" as I would have liked. The closer you zoom in on the manicure, the more noticeable the imperfections were. 



And here's a full photo of the pretty mug from mom.
Can't you see why I immediately thought of nail art? :)

And one more picture of the mug/mani for good measure :)



September 11, 2012

Time Warp Challenge: I should have been born in...

1960's!! :) (or 70's) Both have many similarities. I just love the neon, tie dye, peace, love, hippie era. I still have a lava lamp in my room from when I was a kid! :)

I'm sure you've all caught on by now but I am doing another challenge! This is another one created by Lindsey over at neverlandnailblog.com, I just couldn't resist participating in this Time Warp Challenge! (you can see the details of the challenge at the bottom of this post).

Day 1 is "I should have been born in..."

I thought about doing peace love and flowers on my nails but opted for lava lamp inspired nails instead!


I have to apologize for the terrible photos. Hurricane Leslie hit Newfoundland today so it was very cloudy and dark outside which did not help with taking color-accurate photos. 

Purple: Revlon Charming
Green: Sinful Colors Pistache
Pink: American Apparel Pink Ladies
Blue: Barry M Cyan Blue
Yellow: Finger Paints Lemon Sour

The lava lamp bubbles were created using a nail art brush and the various colors listed above. I then used two coats of Out the Door Fast Drying Top coat to even out the polish but unfortunately got a few bubbles in the manicure.. I also wish I used neons on a black background instead... this just didn't quite turn out as I had imagined it. (I will likely try to recreate this another time) 




Now, as for the challenge, you can see in the photo below what to expect for upcoming challenge days. Like the Summer Challenge, there will be two posts per week for four weeks. Stay tuned! :)







September 8, 2012

Too cool for school

While I am not currently attending classes (being on a work term and all) there are plenty who are. This week was the start of university classes as well as all of the local schools.

My cousin Phoebe (who has been featured here before) was over for a sleepover last weekend with her younger sister Mackenzie :) Since she started back to school this week, we decided on a back-to-school manicure for her!

Before I show you her nails I just want to say how envious I am of her super long, super strong and beautiful nails!! Her cuticles are in great condition and many people (myself included) would pay big bucks to have the strength that her nails have. They are also really easy to work with on my part...

 

See what I mean by long? :)


Each hand was done the same besides the doodles on the thumb nails (left hand was hearts, right hand star). 

There were a number of polishes used, if you want to know any just leave a message below, otherwise I'm not listing them out at the moment. 

Although, I do have to give credit to a few bloggers for use of their tutorials :) 
The index finger was created following the "I've gotta go no.2" tutorial at The Daily Nail Blog.
& I followed the apple tutorial at Rebecca Likes Nails for the middle fingers.  



I hope everyone is having a lovely week back to school and/or sending their kids off since spending lots of quality time with them over the summer break (I hope all you moms out there are enjoying your "me" time with mani/pedis)   :)